August 30, 2012 12:01 PM
I first heard of Kumon when our next door neighbors in Novato sent their children to Kumon classes after school to enhance their education. Kumon has an excellent reputation, so when they contacted me to review their new line or workbooks geared for younger learners, I was interested in seeing what they had come up with for use at home.
I really like these books a lot! They are bold and vivid without being obnoxiously cluttered. Very, very inviting. And very well-designed to accomplish what they set out to do.
A little pricey, but if you have a laminating machine - as noted below - you can laminate the pages and use them over and over again with all your children.
You'll see what I mean from the sample pages. From My First Book of Tracing, ages 2-4 (pre-writing skills):
My Book of Easy Telling Time, ages 4-6:
Amazing Mazes 4-6 (pre-writing skills plus reasoning ability):
If we all had lots of money, there would be no downside to these books as they are aesthetically topnotch - designed with elegant simplicity. The only problem is that they are a little pricey for families on a budget.
Here's what I'm going to do with mine: Take the pages out and laminate the sheets so they can be reused by children and grandchildren. I've said before that a laminator is an excellent investment for any mom of more than one child as it will help you preserve your teaching materials.
Some of my readers have come up with novel approaches to securing one for themselves - splitting the cost and sharing with neighbors and friends, or asking grandparents for one for Christmas.
But back to the Kumon books. Now is a great time to invest in them as Amazon is having a 4-for-3 sale. Don't forget to opt for free Super Saver Shipping when you check out - and thanks for using my links to support MommyLife:
This is just a sample of Kumon's many offerings - and I'm noticing that there are used copies of some available for pennies - plus shipping, though.
I used these to teach my two youngest how to print. They use a completely different approach- you don't start with 'A.' First you use straight lines- horizontal & vertical, then diagonal. Then you add half circles and curves. It's a natural progression for children just learning how to control a pencil.
Posted by: Ranelle | August 31, 2012 9:28 AM